Belatchew Arkitekter has proposed converting the Söder Torn building in Stockholm into an urban wind farm by covering it in piezoelectric fibers
The flowing fibers could also add to the buildings aesthetics, giving the appearance of rippling waves or grass fields, especially with colored lighting
According the design, as the straws are moved by the wind the mechanical stress would trigger an electric charge, which could then be used to power the building itself
When the Söder Torn building was originally proposed, its design called for 40 stories to be built, but construction was completed in 1997 at only 25 floors
Despite being the most common renewable energy technologies, solar panels and wind turbines still have their shortcomings. Particularly when it comes to the urban environment. Lack of space and concerns about noise are just two problems with integrating them into city settings in an unobtrusive way. That's why Belatchew Arkitekter wants to try a different approach with its Strawscraper concept, which proposes transforming the Söder Torn building in Stockholm into an urban wind farm by covering it in piezoelectric fibers.
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